A Belated Valentine’s Day

Nothing wrong with the day after Valentine’s Day – – you can score half-price chocolate today!

But first – a photo of a few of my Valentine decor finds – – Figurine is Royal Doulton “The Promise”, a Capodimonte heart shaped dish, and a beautiful milk glass plate.  I think I’m going to leave up all this mushy love stuff until the end of the month!

And now – I did upload some Valentine’s Day treat how-tos.  Each of them are super easy, quick clean up, and sure to impress.  I made fudge, chocolate bark, and special rice krispie treats. All of them were inspired by projects I have pinned on my Pinterest boards. Have a look here:

I didn’t stop there!  I also made some treats for my feathered friends!

I think I’ve saved the best to last – I made bath bombs!  This was a very simple project, but certainly impress.  I took a bunch to the office where I work on Wednesday, as well as the yummy treats that I made to share.  The bath bombs were gone before the fudge was!  (I hope no one tried to eat them).  I also sent a gift bag full to work with hubby for the staff.

 

A Little Before & After Action

It’s maddening – but I OFTEN forget to take “before” shots of my projects.  Here are a couple of exceptions:

A colleague at my office noticed this old dresser on the curb and immediately thought of me.  Lucky for me she has a truck and was willing to go back and pick it up for me!  The dresser was solid wood, and had really good bones.  It just needed some new drawer slides, which were easily purchased and replaced.

The paint colour I chose was Duck Egg Blue, a very popular Annie Sloan shade.  The stenciled numbers were hand painted in Pure White, and I used both clear and dark wax to finish the piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rather petite book case was another curbside find!  This time, I found it myself, and was able to fit it into my car! It was solid wood, and came with shelves and shelf pins.  I didn’t have to purchase any hardware, or make any repairs.  Again, I used the same two Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colours: Pure White, and Duck Egg.  I made a stencil using my Cricut to apply the painted branches and bird, and finished with both clear and dark waxes.

Painting Furniture

This past summer, I learned how to paint furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a few directions from Shelby, daughter of the very artistic Jordan family, who are stockists of this product at TWO local shops:  ArtHaus150  and Kathie Jordan Design.

Since that time, anything that doesn’t move gets a lick of paint!  Here’s a look at some of my finished projects: